JK turmoil: Cong voices support for Omar Abdullah

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Jul 10: Patting Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on the back for showing competance in handling the situation in the state, Congress on Saturday, Jul 10 called on those who believe in democratic polity to "walk the extra mile" to help restore normalcy in the valley.

“It"s a tough situation and the coalition government is doing whatever it can to bring normalcy there. This state of turmoil obviously impacts governance," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, adding that it was therefore required of all those who believe in democratic polity and those who are part of the national mainstream to take steps towards defeating the separatist forces growing on support from across the border.

"Congress has always maintained that Jammu Kashmir has gone through repeated cycles of violence essentially instigated by those forces, who do not want peace and normalcy to return to the State," Tewari said in response to a question on how Congress looked at the violence in the valley.

Earlier in the day, Omar Abdullah promised that the peace will return soon and refused to resign.

Rubbishing claims that the state government and authorities had failed to maintained law and order, the CM said, “I will not resign. I, and neither my government, have not lost control. The army has been deployed as an aid to the civil administration. The army has been called in for peace."

“I promise the people that peace will return. I do not contemplate resigning," he added.

The Chief Minister has convened an all-party meeting in Srinagar on Monday, Jul 10 to discuss the situation in the state.

However, the opposition People"s Democratic Party has decided to skip the meeting.

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